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Tuesday, August 20

Russell Watson New Album Collaboration with Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg

Classical singer Russell Watson is working with Les Miserables writers Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg on a new album Only One Man featuring songs from their musicals.

The album is due to be released on 11th November and will include a song written for Miss Saigon that was never used in the production, as well as new music written especially for Watson.

Watson said that he wanted to work with Boublil and Schonberg because he felt that his career had begun to “stagnate” and that he had been “performing the same stuff and doing the same shows with the same types of songs for a very long time”.

His new manager came up with the idea of creating a Boublil and Schonberg album, and the songwriters agreed after meeting him.

There are two, maybe three, brand new compositions on the record, one called Tell Me and another called I Am Only One Man. Claude-Michel has also taken a section from one of his ballets – Wuthering Heights – and [English] lyrics have been put to it by Charles Hart, who was the lyricist on The Phantom of the Opera. So the pedigree of this record is immense. There will be probably 95% of this album that people have not heard in the UK, and certainly not in the way this has been done” he said.

The album will also feature songs from Schonberg’s time as a recording artist in France 30 years ago.

It is being produced by Schonberg and will be accompanied by a stage show which will tour the UK.

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